Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Pelican Pre-School and Long Day Care @ Shellharbour endeavours to conduct our activities and operations to reflect best environmental practices, in order to control and reduce our direct impact on the environment.
We are committed to:
- Ensure that the Centre is equipped with visible and convenient recycling centres, which are accessible by the Pelican community.
- Progressively reduce energy and water consumption and wastage.
- Reduce the amount of non-recycled or non-reused waste produced.
- Purchase office paper, stationery and other products that are recycled, environmentally friendly, and recyclable, where possible.
- Be creative in exploring opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle waste in all facets of Pelican's operations and administration.
- Incorporate recycling and environmental issues in the curriculum, to create awareness, and stimulate the interest in all members of the community.
In late 2015, Shellharbour City Council granted a Small Environmental Projects Fund (of $2,500) to support the service's green and sustainability curriculum. The project was to set up an indigenous and sustainable garden supported by worm and compost farms (http://www.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au/Live/My-Community/Financial-assistance/Small-Environmental-Projects-Fund.aspx). The key objectives of this project include:
- Further enhancing the children's learning about and respecting the natural environment and environmental sustainability
- Provide more hands-on experience for children in managing the green space
- Introduce more native plants to protect and promote biodiversity
- Reduce waste by turning food and garden waste into nutrient-rich compost and organic fertilisers which can be shared with families and the community
- Harvest food produce from plants for children's meals
- Re-generate or re-grow food from food scraps (where applicable)